LUNG FORCE Heroes
My mom was hospitalized with severe blood clots in her neck and arm. In the process of finding the cause, the doctors found a small nodule on her lungs.
On April 1st we received the diagnosis that she had stage 4 Lung Cancer. It is that word that everyone fears to hear. I was shocked. Really, how could my mom have lung cancer? My mom was the healthiest person I knew. She loved living a healthy lifestyle, she worked out every day, ate very healthy, and NEVER SMOKED A DAY IN HER LIFE!
That day though, I remember sitting there with my parents and saying, "Cancer messed with the wrong person. Cancer messed with the wrong family. We are Bondy Strong." My mom was a fighter! Unfortunately she wasn't given much of a chance to fight.
A month later, my mom had a stroke. She was given every challenge she could have received! But she kept fighting. Two months after her diagnosis, on June 13th, my Dad and I were by her side as we watched her become our guardian angel. Today I am here to continue on her legacy! I don't want anyone to have to go through what my family and I have been through.
Lung cancer is on the rise in young women, so I hope by me sharing our story we will help bring awareness.
First published: December 5, 2016
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